On Thursday, General Motors revealed what might be a big step forward in its self-driving car program. The GM Cruise AV (autonomous vehicle) made its debut without a steering wheel, pedals or other manual driving controls.
GM followed up the car’s introduction with a brief introduction video, which you can have a look at in the video above. Inside, things look like a typical 2018 Chevrolet Bolt EV, except for the fact there are absolutely no controls for a driver. The dashboard is now symmetrical with a large touchscreen display front and center. Rear-seat passengers have additional headrest-mounted screens for viewing as well.
The automaker and its subsidiary, Cruise Automation, previously said its fourth-generation self-driving car was coming sooner rather than later, and that was no fib. The third-generation car only debuted a few months ago, but still retained driver controls.
And GM is confident in its fourth-gen self-driving vehicle; the automaker has filed a Safety Petition with the Department of Transportation for permission to deploy the Cruise AV in 2019. GM has plans to begin rolling out self-driving cars on a commercial scale next year.